Music From Non-Existent Movies – live at last!

Well… This COVID-19 thing’s hit us all. I miss concerts, I miss meeting you, I miss playing live. And finally, courtesy of the Polish Ministry of Culture, I’ll be able to play something live. For the first time since the premiere of my “Music From Non-Existent Movies”, I’ll play those tunes live. I’ll play in my dungeon, in my studio, and anyone who wants to, will be able to watch it live. Listen. Participate.

Music From Non-Existent Movies

I’ll play on 15.07 at 21:00. Such a strange moment, in the middle of the week, in the middle of summer. In the middle.

I wonder how it’ll sound… It’s improvised music, after all, played once and never repeated. Well…

Music From Non Existent Movies is only available on my Bandcamp, only digital version. Everything is digital now.

Streaming will be available on my YouTube channel and the concert link will be available soon. Stay tuned!

Zrealizowano w ramach programu stypendialnego Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego – Kultura w sieci. Implemented as part of the scholarship program of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage – Culture on the Web

Music From Non-Existent Music is out now!

My new album, Music From Non-Existent Movies is available on my Bandcamp. It’s been recorded between November 2019 and January 2020 in Mustache Ministry studio. I played on a guitar older than me, Framus Figaro from 1956. An imperfect instrument, though carefully reconstructed. But this is what this music was supposed to be: story about fading and passing away about weakness and imperfection. About us. Fully improvised, although based on some pre-prepared ideas and melody outlines. It’s there.

It’s more than resonably prised: 21PLN (about 5Euros). It’s on Bandcamp. Enjoy!

Musicians vs. COVID-19.

It has begun. Our concerts are being canceled due to COVID-19. And I’m afraid I have to admit it makes sense. This virus needs to be stopped, and the places where people gather are places where you can get infected. But it means that we – musicians – don’t have a job. Well…

So if you want to help us, just take care of health. Wash your hands, avoid situations where you can catch this shit. Help to stop it. As soon as the plague is over, we’ll be back on stage. And then just come to the concert and buy a ticket, OK?

Oh, and by the way: if you want me to record a guitar for your new album, write me. I’m pretty available at the moment… ;)

“Gombrowicz” – first reviews

We’ve got the first reviews of “Gombrowicza” – it looks like they like it!

Maciej Lewenstein wrote: “Phenomenal! One of the best jazz/poetry, or better to say improvisation/poetic prose Polish records of all time. … “Gombrowicz” is a clear masterpiece of this kind of music/performance, infinitely original and incredibly ingenious. There nothing comparable to Anna Gadt and Marcin Olak!!!.”

All the review is in English, you can read it here.

And here is another one, by Adam Baruch: ” This album, however, is genuinely Avant-Gardist in every bit of its existence and its ingredients as much as a whole – a rare and beautiful thing indeed – and an absolute treasure! Thank you Anna and Marcin!”

All the Adam’s review is here.

Imagine Nation @ Podlasie Jazz Festival!

Here we go again! On October 19. we’ll play on Podlasie Jazz Festiwal. I decided to play Imagine Nation there – tunes I’ve written for last year’s Jazz Jamboree. Those themes were originally written for quintet, with voice and another guitar. This time I’ve made trio arrangements, hope you’ll like them. I’ll play with great musicians and friends, Wojtek Pulcyn on bass and Sebastian Frankiewicz on drums. Come and check it up!

Marcin Olak Imagine Nation na Podlasie Jazz Festiwal

Jazz @ Kadr

This Sunday I’d like to invite you to Dom Kultur Kadr (WAW, PL). We – Wojciech Pulcyn on bass and me – will play an improvised set based on some early music themes. Come and listen, if you’re in Warsaw!

Marcin Olak i Wojciech Pulcyn w D.K. Kadr - 10.08, godz. 21:00, wstęp wolny

Cartoonized

Spontaneous Chamber Music – Patryk Zakrocki & me – just have played at Skład Butelek (WAW, PL). We’ve been lucky to have Basia Żach, great graphic artist, listening to our performance. That’s how she sees us.

Better check up her Instagram, it’s worth it!

Spontaneous Chamber Music. Patryk Zakrocki i Marcin Olak. (c) Basia Żach
Spontaneous Chamber Music. Patryk Zakrocki i Marcin Olak. Rysowała Basia Żach.